By Tatura Guardian

About 700 guests turned up for a night of entertainment with the opening of the Girgarre Soundshell on Saturday, April 21.

The Junkestra made up of local community members and upcycled materials played a 40-minute piece and was joined on stage by the CFA, Girgarre Line Dancers, Jukes (Jigarre Ukes), Jigarre Jammers and the Rushworth and District Concert Band.

The event was originally scheduled for opening the previous Saturday, however, because of the weekend’s weather the event was postponed.

‘‘The night was terrific and exceeded all of our expectations,’’ Junkestra conductor Graeme Leak said.

‘‘We had some really exciting moments and it was never boring.’’

Mr Leak is excited about the future of the soundshell.

‘‘There is an amazing community spirit here that has got this built,’’ Mr Leak said.

‘‘They are already talking about moving the carols and doing school concerts here.

‘‘I think it will be a very popular venue.’’

As for the future of Junkestra, Mr Leak is hopeful the band can keep performing.

‘‘I’d like to take the Junkestra to Melbourne and beyond,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s the beginning, not the end.’’

 - Ashlea Witoslawski